by Sebastián Bianchi


Foreign Legions were units of volunteers raised from those countries who were sympathetic to the German cause, but whose government was not an official German ally.  The varied in scope from a raised army such as the state-sanctioned Spanish Blue Division to volunteers who came from countries overrun by (or even still fighting against) Germany.

The motivation of the volunteers had its roots in the fight against Bolshevism, and many legionnaires fought alongside their German comrades until the bitter end, paying the ultimate price when caught by the invading Red Army.  



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